Spring Elective Descriptions

Spring 2018 ELECTIVES
(1
st and 2nd Grade Students) 

Monday and Tuesday Classes

               

Yoga for Kids (M/TU)               Mrs. Van Oosbree

This class introduces children to the joy of fitness while building a strong and flexible body and mind. 

Ballet (M/TU)                                                       Mrs. Searcy

Students will have the opportunity to learn the beginning principals of ballet, including vocabulary, technique, posture, flexibility, barre work and floor work.  Students will practice and learn traditional ballet steps, dance combinations and stage presence while having fun!  

Do it yourself Crafting (M/TU)                   Ms. Borek

This class is designed to teach students a variety of different "Do it yourself" crafts. During this course children will learn about paper crafting, scrap booking, and DIY decorations (like paper lanterns).  Children will enjoy learning how to turn everyday items in to fabulous new things.  At the end of this course, students will create, design, and decorate for a fantastic end of the course celebration.

Cartoon Drawing (M/TU)                                 Mrs. Cicero

This class is for all of you 1st and 2nd graders who love to draw and would like to learn how to make cartoon characters out of letters of the alphabet. So much fun!

Guitar (M/TU)                                                                Mrs. Davison 

Students will learn to sing and play folk songs on the guitar.  Guitars will be kept at school.  Students will not need to practice at home.  Students will learn to strum to the beat and play basic chords.  Students will write lyrics to fit familiar tunes; this class will enhance student's reading skills through repetitive practice.

Cheer (M/TU)                                           Mrs. Billings 

This elective is an active class where you will learn cheers to help encourage our school to sail with PRIDE.  The fall Cheer elective gets to participate in the City of Victorville's Christmas parade. We will also perform a cheer routine at the performance electives. 

Weird Science (M/TU)                                 Mr. Arvinger 

Do you like to mix, mash, build, experiment or investigate? Are you curious about how things happen?  If you like slime, water, magnets and other stuff then this is the elective for you! BEWARE...things could get messy or weird!

(1st and 2nd Grade) 

Wednesday and Thursday Classes 

Arts and Crafts Time  (W/TH)                         Mrs. Cicero

This class is for 1st and 2nd graders who love to create and make new art. If you love cutting, gluing, markers and creating a take home craft, this class is for you.  Join us for some fun!

Jazz Dance (W/TH)                                       Mrs. Searcy

Jazz dance is derived from ballet, however, is a fast paced, fun style of dance.  Students will have the opportunity to learn traditional technique, flexibility and movements.  Students will learn proper vocabulary, jumps, turns and combinations.

Merlin Melodies (W/TH)                            Mrs. Davison

Students will learn to play melodies to simple songs on the Merlin, a small stringed instrument that resembles a guitar.  Merlins will be kept at school.  Students will not need to practice at home.  Learning this instrument will help students become more proficient on other stringed instruments (such as guitars, mandolins, and banjos) in later grades.  Students will write lyrics to fit familiar tunes. This class will enhance students' reading skills through repetitive practice.  

Art Club (W/TH)                                       Mrs. Billings

Students in this elective will be creating numerous art projects that go along with each month.  There will be a project to celebrate the New Year in January, and we'll work our way through the months with exciting and fun creations. 

 

Pirate Fitness (W/TH)  Mr. Mullen

Students will train to partake in the Presidential Physical Fitness Test! This is open to all students in grades 1-2. During our training, we will also complete a marathon over the course of the elective and run/walk in a 5K race. 

Pop Dance (W/TH)                                                       Ms. Borek

Students will learn dance moves to Kidz Bop versions of today's hits.  Students will be taken through various dance moves and steps, ultimately participating in a class production of a chosen pop song.  This course will provide students with a fun, physical, and educational dance experience.  

Art Through The Seasons (W/TH)                     Mrs. Egnozzi

In this creative elective students will make art projects that go along with the current season. From winter snowflakes to spring flowers, we will be busy making beautiful art to decorate our hallways. 

Spring 2018 ELECTIVES 

(3rd and 4th Grade) 

Monday and Tuesday Classes     

                                             

Music and Art through the Masters (W/TH)          Mrs. Woodul This elective you will learn about some of the most famous art and music masters, and what inspired them create their more famous pieces.  If you are interested in this elective, be ready to listen to music by recognized composers, and become familiar with the works of famous artists.  In this elective you will be creating art projects inspired by these timeless masters.  

Drawing and Watercolors (M/TU)                      Mrs. Egnozzi

This is an art class that will consist of the fundamentals of drawing and painting.  We will be using a variety of mediums such as graphite, water colors, acrylics, color pencils, pastels, markers, and crayons.  Your child will learn perspective in drawing, proportion, and shading.   They will also learn the techniques of wet on wet water color wash with mix media.  

Beginning Flute (M/TU)                                     Mrs. Capps

Students will learn the basics of flute playing from making their first sounds to playing their first simple songs. Each students will be provided their own flute and a case to help with transporting back and forth to school. 

Chess (M/TU)                                            Mr. Mullen

Play the great game that improves your mind.  Develop important skills that will always be useful to you, such as concentration, strategic planning, problem solving, pattern recognition, analyzing, as well as predicting outcomes.  

Sculpting for Beginners (M/TU)                             Ms. Kajitani

The students will learn about the art of sculpting and create three dimensional art pieces using a variety of materials.   

Beginning Bluegrass  (M/TU)               Mr. Nordbeck 

(Yearlong Class)

Would you like to learn to play the guitar, bass, dobro. Fiddle, or mandolin?  Would you like to have fun learning bluegrass music?  Come learn songs, how to play an instrument, and work together as a team to enjoy bluegrass music. Bluegrass music honors the tradition, diversity, and inclusiveness offered by bluegrass music. This will be a year-long elective class for those that are successful!    

Robotics (M/TU)                                                   Mr. Tess     Join the workforce of tomorrow and learn to build and program basic robotic structures. Students will work in teams of 3-4 to build and program basic robotic structures to complete specific tasks.  Teamwork and creative thinking will be emphasized.

Reading Boost  (M/TU)    (3-4 Grade Only)           Mrs. Kizziar                                         

Students will receive individualized fluency development through Read Live.  This enables students to work on fluency at their own pace, in the level of material appropriate for them.  Students master each story by reading along with a recording of a fluent reader and then practice until they are able to read it at a predetermined goal rate.  Limited to 15 students by teacher recommendation.

Wednesday and Thursday Classes 

Grades 3 and 4

Exercise Dance Fun-Go-Noodle (W/TH)                 Mrs. Capps

Students will enjoy the benefits of physical activity through dance. Go Noodle and Kidz Bop will keep the students moving in a fun and exciting way. 

Beginning Bluegrass    (W/TH)                              Mr. Sandoval

Would you like to learn to play the guitar, bass, dobro. Fiddle, or mandolin?  Would you like to have fun learning bluegrass music?  Come learn songs, how to play an instrument, and work together as a team to enjoy bluegrass music. Bluegrass music honors the tradition, diversity, and inclusiveness offered by bluegrass music. This will be a year-long elective class for those that are successful!    

Piano Lab   (W/TH)                                         Mr. Hepner Students learn the basics of music notation, rhythm, and melody on the keyboard. Students will recognize note placement on the piano keyboard and enjoy learning easy songs to perform. (Year-long Commitment)

Abstract Art 2    (W/TH)                          Ms. Kajitani

The students will learn basic art techniques while creating abstract paintings and drawings. They will experiment with lines, shapes, colors, and textures. Projects will be different than those from previous elective classes.  

Pokémon (sketching and learning) (W/TH)                      Mrs. Woodul 

In this elective, you will learn to sketch some of your favorite Pokémon characters.  You will also learn to use critical thinking skills to analyze strategies that will help you compete with your opponent, and you will also learn to classify different Pokémon according to their ability, and strength.  Catch them all!

Computer Codes (W/TH) Mr. Tess

Computer Animation: Ever wanted to make your own computer game or create your own digital story?  In this elective, students will use a freeware program to learn simple computer programming to create their own games and digital stories.

Foundation of Math   (W/TH)        Mrs. Whitman & Mrs. Hernandez  

In this class students will build their math skills in number sense, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions. Students will use a variety of tools and methods, to help them build on their basic math facts. 

Limited to 16 students, by teacher recommendation.

Spring 2018 ELECTIVES                                                                                  (5 and 6th Grade)

Monday and Tuesday Classes

History Clubs Skits (M/TU)                               Mrs. Bragg

This group will be working on skits to perform during the history reenactment as well as the spring elective performance. Students will learn the basics of acting and entertaining.  Be prepared to memorize lines (as homework), work closely with others on your team, and perform skits with a small group.  If you do not wish to be part of a production, this elective is not for you. 

Beginning Violin  (M/TU)                                  Mrs. Harps   

Learn how to play the violin!  This year long elective is for the beginning player. You will be taught note reading, music theory, proper playing technique, and care of the violin.  This elective will require practice and commitment. Everything you need will be provided for you. (Year-long Class)

Piano Lab   (M/TU)                                         Mr. Hepner Students learn the basics of music notation, rhythm, and melody on the keyboard. Students will recognize note placement on the piano keyboard and enjoy learning easy songs to perform. (Year-long Commitment)

Modern Band (M/TU)                                   Mr. Sandoval

In this elective we’ll learn to play popular music on guitars, bass, keyboards, and drums. We’ll look at how to improvise (play solos) using the pentatonic scale. Although the drum set and keyboards will remain at school, students playing guitar must take the classroom issued guitar home every week to make room for my bluegrass elective’s instruments. We simply do not have room for two sets of instruments in the classroom. (Year Long)

Music Production and Filming (M/TU)       Mr. Hartman 

Film Editing: Learn to use different media formats (still frame pictures and video clips) to create your own movies.  Students in this elective will learn to use a computer program to create movies using pictures, and music.

Hand Lettering (M/TU)                                         Mrs. Digby

Want to learn how to create different types of lettering or fonts? This class will teach you basic pen strokes, different font styles and how to bring your fonts to paper. We will learn different types of fonts and use them to develop pieces of art. This class is for beginners or anyone looking to bring font styles into their writing or sketches. 

Team Sports (M/TU)                               Mr. Smolenski
We will be learning the fundamentals of soccer, basketball, and baseball.
Team activities will include bowling basketball, baseball basketball, boom ball and crossfire along with the traditional team games.  

Foundation of Math   (M/TU)        Mrs. Whitman & Mrs. Hernandez  

In this class students will build their math skills in number sense, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions. Students will use a variety of tools and methods, to help them build on their basic math facts. 

Limited to 16 students, by teacher recommendation.

Wednesday and Thursday Classes 

Grades 5 and 6 


Creating Commercials  (W/TH)                           Mrs. Digby

Have you ever wanted to learn how to shoot and edit commercials? In this class, you will learn how to plan, create, design and record your own commercials. We will be working with iMovie, Canva and more to learn how to shoot, edit and direct commercials.

Robotics (W/TH)                                             Mrs. Bragg

Join the workforce of tomorrow and learn to build and program basic robotic structures. Students will work in teams of 3-4 to build and program basic robotic structures to complete specific tasks.  Teamwork and creative thinking will be emphasized.

Strategies and Math Games (W/TH)                    Mr. Smolenski:

We will be playing all kinds on number sense math games:  Dominating Doubles, 4 in a Row Subtraction, You cubed, Contig, Bowl a Fact, Find a Place  and Bacon. If you like playing game, want to be better with mental math, then this is the elective for you.

Broadcast Journal (W/TH)                         Mr. Hartman 

Focuses on the fundamentals of journalism and produces “Good Morning West Palms,” a video magazine show that showcases events and people at West Palms Conservatory. Students will take turns learning how to write news and feature stories and the basics of video production and video editing.

Advanced Bluegrass (W/TH)          (4-6 Grade)       Mr. Nordbeck 

Bluegrass music is traditional American music played primarily on stringed instruments. Requirements for the advanced class are prior bluegrass experience or guitar class. (Yearlong Commitment)

Groove Theatre! (Grades 4-6) (W/TH) Mr. Arvinger

Do you hate P.E. and running laps, but love to dance? Then Groove! is the elective for you! In Groove! We will dance, learn choreography and have fun. So, if you're ready for a fun-filled challenge, grab your sweats & sneakers and let’s Groove! We will be performing at the end of this elective. If you don't wish to perform, then this is not the elective for you!

Reading Boost  (W/TH)    (5-6 Grade Only)           Mrs. Kizziar                                         

Students will receive individualized fluency development through Read Live.  This enables students to work on fluency at their own pace, in the level of material appropriate for them.  Students master each story by reading along with a recording of a fluent reader and then practice until they are able to read it at a predetermined goal rate.  Limited to 20 students by teacher recommendation.

Student Leadership (W/TH)  (4-6 Grade Only) Mrs. Van Oosbree

Offers students the opportunity to learn and practice leadership roles at West Palms.  Students are involved in some school-wide decisions including spirit days.  Leadership hosts school and community events like candy gram sales, the Talent Show, publish a newsletter, campus cleanup efforts, field trips, canned food drives and Salvation Army donations.  Acceptable candidates should be responsible and respectful students who want to help continue West Palms’ bright and successful future.   ***This elective is for the entire year.  In addition, a teacher’s signature is required for admission into this class